Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Spring 2012




Spring, 2012 • VOLUME 11, NUMBER 1 | TABLE OF CONTENTS
6 Spring in the Mountains
Springtime in Blue Ridge is Magical - for Old Timer and Newcomer Alike
BY NOEY VINEYARD • FANNIN COUNTY
7 Vanishing Georgia:  Love and Marriage
At a time when society often fails to give the institution of marriage due respect, a delightful love story and memorable photographs reminds us of the significance of a lifelong commitment "to love and to cherish."
BY JACK ZORN • HARALSON COUNTY & STATEWIDE
14 The 1904 Statesboro Lynchings
The heartrending story of the killing of a farm family, which triggered demands for swift and terrible retribution, takes on new meaning for the author when he learns his father played a role in the ensuing events.
BY MICHAEL H. MCDOUGALD • BULLOCH COUNTY
19 The Mystery of Baby Sara Jo
A family tragedy in 1933 leads to the death of an infant and to questions that puzzle the family even today.
BY YVONNE MASHBURN SCHMIDT • BARTOW COUNTY
23 Two Nations, Two Men, One House - The Story of Hancock County's Glen Mary Plantation
Foes during the War Between the States, two soldiers are destined to become successive owners of a grand southern plantation residence near Sparta.
BY DONNA SHRUM • HANCOCK COUNTY
30 What Progress has Preserved:  Historic Union Station at Columbus
A community pulls together to rescue a derelict building from demolition and, in doing so, creates a magnificent and historic downtown showplace.
BY BORDEN BLACK • MUSCOGEE COUNTY
36 Sweet Success:  The Story of the Vidalia Onion
Come on down to Vidalia this spring and celebrate the region's uniquely flavorful sweet onions.
BY MARY ANN ANDERSON • TOOMBS COUNTY AND SOUTHEAST GEORGIA
40 Dahlonega's Famed Findley Gold Mine
After panning all the "easy gold" from Yahoola Creek, prospectors faced the challenge of removing ore from hard-to-reach, hard-to-work veins dep in the earth.
BY ANNE DISMUKES AMERSON • LUMPKIN COUNTY
45 Rising from the Midst of the Forest as if by Enchantment
From early Native American mounds to vital frontier fortifications, Macon's history is rich in artifacts and historic sites that reveal why mankind has long been drawn to this locale.
BY BEN WYNNE • BIBB COUNTY
49 From One to Many:  The Rise of Chick-fil-A
Through hard work and perseverance, a family-owned roadside diner transformed into one of America's fastest growing and most-admired restaurant chains.
BY MARSANNE PETTY • LOWNDES AND FULTON COUNTIES
52 The Thrill of the Next Signal
The pinging singal from a metal detector zeroing in on an artifact will set a relic hunter's pulse to racing.
BY ROBERT LATIMER HURST • CATOOSA COUNTY
56 Genuine Georgia Backroadss:  Georgia's Fourth Capital
From frontier outpost to college town, Milledgeville's history has been rich and dverse.
BY LYNNE TAYLOR • BALDWIN COUNTY
61 Where Pottery is a Way of Life
Maysville's annual pottery festival celebrates the distinctive work of the town's artisans.
BY MARY ALICE SEGARS • HALL AND BANKS COUNTIES